Burgh House

Burgh House Burgh House is a community centre, museum, venue and art gallery and home to the Buttery Cafe. FREE ENTRY Burgh House is a beautiful Grade I listed Queen Anne house in the heart of Hampstead in London.
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It is a registered charity and open free of charge to the public as a community arts centre with a changing programme of art exhibitions, talks and concerts. Like us to hear about all our exciting events! Burgh House is also home to the Hampstead Museum, with over 3000 objects relating to art and life in Hampstead. A permanent display is located on the first floor, tracing Hampstead history from prehistoric times to the modern day. The licensed Buttery Cafe serves delicious lunches, mother-watering teas and weekend brunch. Book early to sample their famous Sunday roast! The House is available for hire for parties, lectures, concerts, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Visit our website or get in touch to find out more.

Mission: To preserve Burgh House for generations to come.

Temporarily closed

Are you getting itchy feet not being able to travel at the moment?While our online exhibition explored how lockdown has ...
17/11/2020

Are you getting itchy feet not being able to travel at the moment?
While our online exhibition explored how lockdown has affected our local Hampstead community, some members of the community happened to be elsewhere when lockdown struck, such as Inna Alden who spent an unexpected five months in the Swiss Alps!
Inna realised the healing power of nature and used her time to photograph the awakening and transformation of the Alpine nature between March and July 2020.
“I feel that it is important to spread the message about the healing qualities of nature and of encounters with wild animals, that I have personally experienced. I want to share my discovery with others, to inspire people to go out, to walk in a forest or a local park, along the lakes and rivers, and to do it as regularly as they can.”
Read more about Inna’s experiences of a Swiss lockdown here: burghhouseonline.com/inna-alden
Image credit: Inna Alden ‘A Lockdown Photo in April,’ ‘A Lockdown Photo in May,’ and ‘A Lockdown Photo in June.'

Are you making a rangoli at home this #Diwali? 🌺Share it with us @BurghHouse1704 and win a Burgh House family membership...
14/11/2020

Are you making a rangoli at home this #Diwali? 🌺
Share it with us @BurghHouse1704 and win a Burgh House family membership!
The winners will be contacted via social media on Monday 16th November.

A Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor using coloured rice powder, coloured sand or flower petals. It is often used by Hindus throughout Diwali.
The purpose of rangoli is to feel strength, generosity, and it is thought to bring good luck. In maths, Rangoli patterns are a creative way to discover symmetry, reflection and tessellation.

Learn how to make one here: https://youtu.be/WMClzNnJ8x
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14/11/2020
Archita Kumar - Hemantika Festival 2017

Have you ever seen dancer Archita Kumar in any of our #Diwali celebrations?
You might have even learned some moves from her at the House. Here there is an amazing video of her performing her own Diwali choreography. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/m13YUlNpPZE

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14/11/2020
Make your own Diya lamp

No clay? No problem, make your own at home!
¾ Cups of water
¾ Cups of salt
2 Cups flour
Mix the salt and flour in a bowl.
Add water gradually to form a ball.
Knead (pound, roll and pull) until it no longer falls apart.
Make your Diya lamp and allow it to dry at room temperature for approximately 2 day then paint it!
Store any unused clay in a sealed bag in the fridge.

Remember to share your creations with us!
#museumfromhome #GetCreativeAtHome #Diwali

14/11/2020
Ramayana : Story of Diwali | Mythological Stories from Mocomi Kids

Who were Ram and Sita? What is #Diwali? And why do we Celebrate it every year?
Learn about Diwali with this lovely story from the Ramayana mythology books.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp59n0So-XE
(Join us at 11:30 to learn how to make your own Diya lamp!)
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https://mocomi.com/ presents: Ramayana- The Story of Diwali Diwali is a festival of joy and prosperity, and a celebration of the victory of good over evil. T...

14/11/2020
Diwali Celebrations at Burgh House

Our Learning & Outreach Manager, Maria, talks to Asra Dunbar, former chair of Friends of Christchurch School about the meaning of #Diwali and how we started celebrating the festival at Burgh House!

Happy Diwali!! ✨Tune in for a couple of hours to celebrate Diwali with us with music, dance and crafts and win a Burgh H...
14/11/2020

Happy Diwali!! ✨
Tune in for a couple of hours to celebrate Diwali with us with music, dance and crafts and win a Burgh House family membership!
Find out what membership includes here:
burghhouse.org.uk/supportus/membership

We'll be starting with an interview any minute now with Asra Dunbar, former chair of the Friends of Christchurch School who helped found Diwali celebrations at Burgh House!

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13/11/2020

Make your own Diya lamp!
Remember to share your creations with us!
#museumfromhome #GetCreativeAtHome #Diwali

13/11/2020

Our Learning & Outreach Manager, Maria, talks to Asra Dunbar, former chair of Friends of Christchurch School about the meaning of #Diwali and how we started celebrating the festival at Burgh House!

Looking for something creative to get stuck into during lockdown?Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity,’ which was lau...
12/11/2020

Looking for something creative to get stuck into during lockdown?
Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity,’ which was launched in September, explores the ways in which art can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. The physical act of putting pencil to paper and creating something new can have extraordinary therapeutic effects.

Here at Burgh House we hold a selection of photographs by Victor Inman, including ‘Flowers at Hill Garden’ (1964), and artist Eleanor Mulkeen-Parker has kindly created simple step-by-step instructions to help any beginners out there to recreate Inman’s magical photograph. 🌺

Once you’ve drawn it, why not take a trip to Hill Garden on Hampstead Heath and photograph it yourself on your daily ventures?

Follow this link for more detailed instructions and for further creative inspiration to keep you busy this lockdown: https://bit.ly/38O7e5t

Image credit: Victor Inman ‘Flowers at Hill Garden’ (1964); Eleanor Mulkeen-Parker’s step-by-step drawings of ‘Flowers at Hill Garden’

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Don’t miss our Online Diwali Festival this Saturday!Check out our social media from 11am for two hours of music, dance, ...
09/11/2020

Don’t miss our Online Diwali Festival this Saturday!
Check out our social media from 11am for two hours of music, dance, storytelling and crafts.
Celebrate with us from home and win a family membership with our rangoli competition!

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Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ explores and celebrates the ways in which creativity can make us feel more conn...
04/11/2020

Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ explores and celebrates the ways in which creativity can make us feel more connected and help us cope in times of adversity.
A dedicated section of the site features a selection of activities to inspire you to get creative during lockdown!
Follow the link below to explore these activities on the ‘Create’ page, including Sophie Sharpe’s step-by-step guide to make your own repeat pattern using Procreate on the iPad.
burghhouseonline.com/create

This has been inspired by the works of Elizabeth Passini (1911-1995), whose work features in the Burgh House collection.

Image credit: Sophie Sharpe’s digital repeat pattern; Elizabeth Passini ‘Bouquet Design wallpaper’; Elizabeth Passini ‘Landscape wallpaper design’.

Following the latest government announcement, we are once again temporarily closing the house.Thank you to every member ...
02/11/2020

Following the latest government announcement, we are once again temporarily closing the house.
Thank you to every member and donor, to our brilliant volunteers, to the visitors who came to our exhibitions and supported our shop and cafe.
And a very special thank you to the couples who chose Burgh House for their special day. Every single person has helped keep us open and doing what we love.

We can't wait to see you all on the other side, but in the meantime the team are working from home to answer any enquiries and will be in contact with everyone who has booked in November.
Stay safe, we hope to see you all soon for a socially distanced mulled wine in the cafe garden soon! 🍷🎄

📸Annie Bradney Photography

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01/11/2020

Burgh House's cover photo

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01/11/2020

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Did you catch our Halloween Families Challenge? 🎃👻Create your own Fred Ulhman inspired landscape and be arty with spooky...
30/10/2020

Did you catch our Halloween Families Challenge? 🎃👻
Create your own Fred Ulhman inspired landscape and be arty with spooky silhouettes. https://youtu.be/IcPxuBTJr0s
Don’t forget to share your creations with us!
#Fromhouse2house
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Fred Uhlman (1901-1985), Welsh Hills, ca. 1950s, Oil on canvas

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Our spooky Halloween Family Challenge appears in our newsletter today!Join our mailing list to be the first to watch it…...
26/10/2020

Our spooky Halloween Family Challenge appears in our newsletter today!
Join our mailing list to be the first to watch it… 🎃👻
https://bit.ly/3dscX11
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A new video for your families is bubbling in the background packed with arty challenges. Keep an eye on our posts next w...
16/10/2020

A new video for your families is bubbling in the background packed with arty challenges. Keep an eye on our posts next week, we will be wishing you an early Spooky Halloween! 🎃👻

Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to see our Halloween edition coming up soon…
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How colourful can you make Burgh House? 🌺🍂🍃Our gardens are cared for by staff and volunteers who ensure that they stay b...
15/10/2020

How colourful can you make Burgh House? 🌺🍂🍃
Our gardens are cared for by staff and volunteers who ensure that they stay beautiful all year round. It’s looking a bit bleak here though, can you bring some life and colour back to our beloved gardens?
Download the template from our 'Create' page in our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ here burghhouseonline.com/create

We would love to see what you come up with!
Tag us in your creations @burghhouse1704 #artinadversity
Image credit: Burgh House colouring in picture by our Curatorial Intern, Ffion Boyd.
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Our wonderful Learning & Outreach Manager Maria has been keeping families entertained during lockdown with her brilliant...
15/10/2020

Our wonderful Learning & Outreach Manager Maria has been keeping families entertained during lockdown with her brilliant, educational Family Challenge videos.
Learn about portraiture, make a cone bunny or learn how to make a concertina book in our latest seasonal video.
Explore the videos here https://bit.ly/2H5aAF9
Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to see our spooky Halloween edition coming soon... 🎃👻
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Image: Rea Stavropoulos, Changing Seasons on the Heath, mixed media on paper (concertina book)

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15/10/2020

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“This painting is representative of my lockdown work. It is an abstract expression of my feelings, a mix of confusion wi...
15/10/2020

“This painting is representative of my lockdown work. It is an abstract expression of my feelings, a mix of confusion with little clarity and hope streaked with moments of despair. Bringing the warmth and sunshine from outside added contrast but also to the confusion I felt and feel.”

Andrea Sanders-Reece is one of the many talented artists that feature in our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’, which highlights the powerful impact of art and creativity upon our mental health and wellbeing.

In June 2020, as lockdown restrictions in the UK began to ease, we invited our community to tell us about the creative projects that had been keeping people busy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This exhibition and community-curated project draws together these artworks in a digital format to explore and celebrate the ways in which creativity can make us feel more connected and help us cope in times of adversity.

Visit the exhibition at burghhouseonline.com and explore the artworks and projects produced by our community during lockdown.
Image: Andrea Sanders-Reece ‘Untitled’

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Our fantastic volunteers help bring Burgh House to life and open for free.Isabella and Jason love art as much as we do a...
15/10/2020

Our fantastic volunteers help bring Burgh House to life and open for free.
Isabella and Jason love art as much as we do and have recreated some of our gorgeous paintings.
Search the collection here burghhouse.org.uk/the_collection

Image: Joshua Smith, Kitty Grylls, Pastel and watercolour
Image: Daphne Charlton (1909 - 1991) Portrait of a man, ca. 1950s
Oil on canvas
Image: Daphne Charlton (1909 - 1991) Self Portrait, date unknown Oil on canvas
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This painting is one of our most recent acquisitions and was generously donated to Burgh House in 2019. It depicts Chris...
15/10/2020

This painting is one of our most recent acquisitions and was generously donated to Burgh House in 2019.
It depicts Christ Church, as seen from New End in Hampstead, (just a short walk from Burgh House) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and prior to bomb damage to New End and the surrounding area.
The muted tones capture the neglect and decay as the area recovered from the depression of the 1930s.

The painter, Maxwell Ayrton, was a good friend and near neighbour of the artist Randolph Schwabe at 9, Church Row, Hampstead.
This painting features in our latest exhibition 'A nest of Gentle Artists' which explores the work of Schwabe and his Hampstead circle.

Schwabe and Ayrton often painted together, visiting such locations as Gravesend, Limehouse and Ware. An architect by training, Ayrton's drawings were first shown at the Royal Academy in 1901. He designed the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium (1924-25) and was a pioneer in the architectural use of concrete.

We are passionate about celebrating the artists and creative individuals who have lived in Hampstead; we feel so lucky to be able to welcome visitors to this exhibition for free. 🎨 ❤️
Find out more about the exhibition from the link in bio!

Image: Maxwell Ayrton (1874-1960), View of Christ Church from New End, 1938, watercolour on paper
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Did you know that we are completely self-funded? We are able to look after over 5000 objects in the collection, keep our...
14/10/2020

Did you know that we are completely self-funded?
We are able to look after over 5000 objects in the collection, keep our house open with free, beautiful exhibitions, free children's activities and free entry just from the income we receive from weddings and private hire ❤️
Find out more about getting married at Burgh House from the link in bio and be part of our history!
📸Steven Carter Hewson | Photographer
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Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ explores the powerful impact of art and creativity upon our mental health and w...
13/10/2020

Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ explores the powerful impact of art and creativity upon our mental health and wellbeing and the ways in which our local community used creativity to inspire them during the lockdown.

For amateur photographer Diana Serban, Covid-19 reactivated her anxiety and prompted her to invest more time in creative pursuits.

Here she describes the process of creating her still life photograph ‘A Day at the Sea’:
“I collected the shells, algae, seawater and sand from a beach in Southend on what was my first outing after the lockdown. I then recreated the environment in my home in Hampstead. In a large glass container, I added wild summer flowers foraged from the Heath to symbolise the Summer season. As a hint to a sunken treasure, I also included a dried camellia flower, spray painted in gold. I played with various coloured backgrounds behind the glass but decided on a turquoise satin textile that represented perfectly the colour and light variations of the sea on a sunny day.”

Follow the link in bio to explore the exhibition, read more about Diana’s lockdown project and learn how to create your own still life photograph.

Image credit: Diana Serban ‘A Day at the Sea,’ ‘Surrender,’ ‘Still 2,’ and ‘Embrace’.”

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We are really excited to be taking part in BBC Arts #MuseumPassion this week, keep an eye out for amazing content from m...
13/10/2020

We are really excited to be taking part in BBC Arts #MuseumPassion this week, keep an eye out for amazing content from museums across the UK! 👀
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If you haven’t already visited it, our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ is live!In June 2020, as lockdown restrictio...
09/10/2020

If you haven’t already visited it, our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ is live!
In June 2020, as lockdown restrictions in the UK began to ease, we invited our community to tell us about the creative projects they had produced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’ve received many diverse, inspiring and thoughtful submissions, including Clay Heads by Jennifer Louise Martin, who found that the physical act of sculpting was a therapeutic and healing process which allowed her to express deep emotions.

Follow the link to learn more about Jennifer’s lockdown project, and how to make your own expressive clay self-portrait.
https://bit.ly/3dgEsdU

Image credit: Jennifer Louise Martin ‘Clay Heads’.

Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ is here!In June 2020, as lockdown restrictions in the UK began to ease, we invi...
05/10/2020

Our online exhibition ‘Art in Adversity’ is here!
In June 2020, as lockdown restrictions in the UK began to ease, we invited our community to tell us about the creative projects that had been keeping people busy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This exhibition and community-curated project draws together these artworks in a digital format to explore and celebrate the ways in which creativity can make us feel more connected and help us cope in times of adversity.

We would like to thank everyone that was involved in the making of this exhibition!
Follow the link below to explore the exhibition and our artists’
lockdown projects, and learn how to make a creative project of your own.
https://burghhouseonline.com/

Image credits: Janet Kumar ‘Summer Fun Cancelled’; Alex Bastable ‘The Weight’; Ruth Corney ‘Derek’; Maggie Pettigrew ‘Street Lamps’.

Lord David Pitt of Hampstead was born #onthisday in 1913. A GP, Labour Politician and Life Peer, he was the first person...
03/10/2020

Lord David Pitt of Hampstead was born #onthisday in 1913. A GP, Labour Politician and Life Peer, he was the first person of African descent to run for Parliament and the second to sit in the House of Lords.

Born in Grenada, Lord Pitt won the island's only overseas scholarship to study medicine at Edinburgh University in 1932. He joined the university Socialist Society and in 1936 he joined the Labour movement. He graduated with honours in 1938.

Pitt opened his surgery in Euston in 1950 and became involved in politics, running for Parliament in the 1959 general election. During his campaign Lord Pitt received death threats and was a target of racism leading to the firebombing of his surgery.

Although he did not win the election, he went on to become a member for Hackney for the London County Council. In 1965 he helped form and chaired the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination which highlighted racial prejudices whilst lobbying the British government for reform. This was achieved with the Race Relations Act of 1965 which prohibited discrimination upon the grounds of colour, race or ethnic or national origin.

In 1975 he received a life peerage and was created Baron Pitt of Hampstead. He is remembered for his dedication to and interests in social services, health, welfare and education.

Lord Pitt was a patron of Burgh House and officially opened the house on 8 September 1979.
With thanks to Jennette Arnold OBE AM for her brilliant biography of Lord Pitt.
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Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead
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Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Any Music on, at Burgh House, today? :)
Dear Burgh House, any Music/performances today? Regards :)
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Hi all, thought this pic of the Queen in Haverstock Hill in 1953 would be of interest. It was sent to me by an ex-Facebook friend who grew up in Glenloch Rd in the 1940s/50s and he said that he took it in 1953 soon after the Coronation when she did a tour of the area. The car is passing by what is now the Pizza Express, near the former florist just before Belsize Park tube station. 😀
Hi there, I hope this is of interest. I al so have a film of Whitestone Pond frozen and ice skaters in the winter of 1965-66.
This Friday!
The website no longer seems to exist. (I can't reach it). I hope this doesn't mean that Burgh House is closed...